My grandparents had the piano tuned for Christmas. I’m under obligation to mention this because last year I ‘trash-talked’ their piano in my Christmas post.
This instrument is what they used to call a cabinet or upright grand piano. When my grandparents first found it someone had covered it with layers of paint. If I [...]
I’ve just come home from guitar lesson with my usual blend of frustration and inspiration. Inspiration because guitar lessons are so much fun and make me want to spend hours with my instrument. Frustration because life is just not like that. To many evenings pass without my picking up my guitar while so many others [...]
(Again I’m posting about painting class without a picture of my results. Just take my word for it – photographing an oil painting is a pain the neck. So either I work my way up to it or I do a slapdash job. This week I’m choosing the working my way up to it method.)
You might find me listening to my ‘study’ playlist. This is the playlist of pieces I am trying to learn, hope to learn, or have learned and hope to polish, whether on the organ, piano, or guitar. It’s an eclectic little group, to say the least:
Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace Mormon [...]
My niece at the piano
A few months ago I listened to an accomplished musician talk about her choice to step off the fast track of national prominance to raise her family. She spoke of letting go of her childhood dream to save the world through music. I laughed to a friend of mine [...]
Over the long weekend I stayed at a beach house with a large group of friends/acquaintances/friends of friends I met for the first time that weekend. Which is to say, though I knew a lot of people there I knew almost none of them well. This sort of thing is always a little out of [...]
You’ve heard of the ear worm, right? The piece of music that climbs into your head and takes up seemingly permanent residence? Today mine is ‘Mahna Mahna’ from The Green Album.. It’s an album of covers of songs from the Muppets. Yes, the Muppets. Good times.
Do you remember geometry class? Do you remember the line with the end point on it? The concept, they said, was that you could get infinitely closer to that end point but could never reach it. Now if that point was on a line that ended beyond it, or even better had no end, you [...]
my first attempt at water droplets
Years ago, I was planning a solo vacation to Florence Italy. This appalled many of my friends and family. The solo part, not the Florence part. Along with safety concerns, one friend said to me – how can you go see all of those beautiful things without someone [...]
It used to be that one of the grand mysteries of life to me was the athlete who knowingly played on an injury. Why on earth would anyone do that to themselves? So short-sighted. Listen to your body. Pain is telling you something you need to know.
Well, life has a sometimes unkind way [...]